Following Lucy's tweet yesterday I was reminded of a poem from Pastor Martin Niemoller (a German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor). Here is Lucy's tweet:
Been experiencing what's known in the trade as post-protest crash. So much adrenaline is going to cause a massive low.
I was reminded of a poem that has been sitting near my desk for many many years. I've had this card with the poem and when I look at it, it inspires me because we all have to speak up but in this instance, Lucy spoke up with her words and her actions for all of those who couldn't speak up; who didn't have a voice on the world stage, people who Shell and other big corporations wouldn't even consider.
Lucy and her fellow Greenpeace Protesters: Llai Amir, Jan Raoni Hammer, Zachary Steven Penman, Vivienne Rachael Hadlow, Shayne Panayiotis Comino,Michael Ross Buchanan and Shai Sebastian Naides spoke for all of us when they climbed the derrick of the Shell OilDrill ship on 24 February and stayed there for 77 hours.
This is the well known quote from Pastor Martin Niemoller.
In Germany they first came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist
Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up
because I was a protestant. They they came for me - and by that
time no one was left to speak up.
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